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Pan It! - 2023 Challenge


Hey all you cool cats and kittens, welcome to YEAR 6 of the Pan It Challenge!




**Join us in the 2024 thread available here: Pan It! - 2024 Challenge


The "Rules"

To accommodate a variety of interests, you all are encouraged to pick items to pan that are most suitable to your collections.  For some, this might mean focusing on a particular type of product (like lipstick) and for others this may include a larger variety spanning your entire makeup or skincare routine.


Getting Started (please share the following)

  • Which item(s) you would like to work on
  • How long you will work on said item
  • Goal: explore a new item, revisit an old item, decide whether to keep pass or trash, and/or completely finish item, etc.
  • Starting photo of item


Please Use This Thread To...

  • share what item(s) you are working on,
  • provide comparative progress photos of your item(s) monthly (at the beginning of the month when possible),
  • ask questions,
  • encourage others,
  • motivate others with the looks you create with your item(s)


Tips and Tricks to Panning/Getting Some Use Out of Your Stash:


  • Take photos!!  When you think you aren’t making a dent in anything look back at those photos, I’m certain you’ll see some changes 😃 *this is the number one recommendation for everyone, regardless of how long you’ve been panning! Those photos add up and can help you realize progress you might otherwise overlook.
  • If you goal is to hit pan or use something up entirely, try concentrating your brush/applicator in the same area each time you use it
  • Multitask your products: eyeshadows as highlighter, lipstick as blush, eyeshadow as brow powder, etc. 
  • Layer eyeshadow to create different colors (this is especially helpful to get use out of shades you’re not fond of).
  • Have shadows with a ton of fall out?  Use water
  • Watching the progress of others’ can be fun but try not compare your progress to theirs.  We all use our makeup differently and have different goals.
  • Don’t restrict yourself to only using the item(s) you are working on.  It’s more than OK to incorporate other items or take a break!
  • Makeup should be fun….if you begin to dread doing your makeup because you made a commitment to use a product that you now hate, TOSS IT!  Do not force yourself to use up something you don’t like.  Move on to something else!  (This includes excluding particular shades from your goals if focusing on palettes, etc.)

Ideas to Help You Pan Those Items:

  • Roll the dice: number your items and use a random number generator to pick what you will use each (day/week/month/etc.) 
  • Layer/Mask: items you are less fond of under things you like
  • Pan a Look: at the beginning of the week pick a look that you can wear everyday
  • Recreate: a look worn by a fellow BICer, celebrity, etc.
  • Spice up an "everyday" look by adding subtle pops of color (in the crease or on the lower lash line, mix lip products to make shades wearable, etc.)


Past Panning Challenges:

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@Cissy63 Great work!!

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@Samtian  Thank you 🌷

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Great progress @Cissy63!! 😃 Powders can take some time to show how much use they’re getting and it feels good to no longer see the markings or words on powders like that CT bronze and glow (which is a beautiful product!!) 

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Thank you @itsfi 🌷.  You know, I have other bronzers and highlighters, but this and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette are so beautiful 😍 

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@Cissy63 Excellent panning!

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Oh thank you @Mellmars1185 🌷

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You are really organized ‌👏‌ Your panning is going soo good.


I'm not as disciplined ‌😅


You are working away through your products nicely, way to go! I'm sure your going to have great progress in March, I can't wait to see your next end of month @Cissy63 




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Thank you @CynthieLu 🌷

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Quick update on February progress!


I only finished two items this month, neither of which were officially in my pan project, but they were value sized so i'm still happy with that! i made quite a dent in some of my other FS products, so i'm thinking spring will be successful!


some tough decisions had to be made - i decided i will be removing the ABH foundation and contour sticks, as well as the nars ignited from my pan this year. i just dont love or reach for the ABH sticks, and have formulas i prefer more, so i dont need to fore myself to use them. the nars is not performing as well as i would like, but i'll still use it occasionally. i'll definitely be keeping it even when its well past its prime because it was one of my first gratis i received, so theres some sentimental value there for me!


products i focused on this month from my project - Ariana Grande Cloud mist, Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow, NYX Radiant concealer, Maybelline Infallible Powder Foundation, Bite Agave Lip Balm, Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Light, Nars Orgasm Blush


products i'd like to focus more on in march - Rosebud Salve Tin, Ciate Dewy Stix, Laura Mercier Lip Glace

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@cianni at least you know you don't care for those items, you're so right, sometimes it's just not worth it to force yourself to use as something you do not like

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@lmaster especially when my collection is full of things i do love! 

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So understand the tough calls @cianni But using something you just aren't that into over products you love.... you deserve to enjoy your goodies.

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@missjeanie totally agree! i have so many fun things i would rather use and play with, so i'll be focusing on those 🙂

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@cianni -- when using something is a chore, it's def time to remove it from panning. Yay for unofficial but totally panned items!

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@heavyhedon nothing like a surprise pan to keep the motivation going!

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Good job on making the tough decisions @cianni. 👊🏼 I don’t envy you. Smart to move on when there are other beauties in your collection that you prefer - you’ve got some fab items to use for spring!

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@itsfi thank you! i may have kept working through them if they were almost finished (just for the satisfaction), but these are so full it would take forever!

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That makes sense @cianni! There are plenty other beauties to pan! 

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You finished two items, that's a win!


@cianni ‌‌😄‌‌ Sometimes plans change, it happens.I think it's great to focus on products you enjoy, I totally get that. 


Good luck next month!

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@CynthieLu thank you! it's shaping up to be a good one already!

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@cianni I'd be happy using up two other things too! Good for you for not forcing yourself to use items you don't like as much. 

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